About couple years ago I made the very difficult decision to shelve my novel, Shadows. Not because I didn’t love it (I did) but because while it still needed work I was far too close to it to be able to see exactly what direction that would should take, and how to fix it. Then, not so long ago, I dusted it off a little in my “spare” time and tweeked it a bit. After two years away from it I was much more able to see what needed to be changed. So I made the changes, got it as good as I could on my own and then submitted it to World Weaver Press.
They liked it!
In fact, they bought it 🙂
I’m super stoked. My novel, Shadows*, has been accepted for publication by World Weaver Press in 2015!
I’ve got my editorial letter for it, and the manuscript is due in November so between editing Shadows, transcribing Hollow, promoting Fae & A is for Apocalypse and reading for Corvidae and Scarecrow I am going to be freaking busy for the next few months, but I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am about it. It’s a good kind of swamped. The best kind of stressed.
Also, did I mention I’ve already received my editorial letter? It’s my very first one ever, which makes me a little giddy and the suggestions are dead on. Just reading it got me totally excited about working on Shadows again and making it even more amazing than it already is 🙂
For those of you who are familiar with my Aphanasian stories, you’ll be pleased to hear this book includes all your favourites (Colby, Xavier, Shadow, Bayne & Teyat). Michael (from Sister Margaret) is back, and there are some characters who may become new favourites as well. You’re going to love it. But you don’t get to read it until sometime in 2015. In the meantime, just be very happy for me… and forgive me if I’m even slower than usual at replying to emails. It’s gonna be crazy around here for a bit LoL
*We’re looking at changing the title to better reflect the changes in the story. I’ll keep you updated 😉
First of all, can I just say I love this cover? Because I love this cover! I suppose you might have guessed that by the fact I’m posting it here full-size, but dude! I think it’s brilliant 🙂
This is Confessions: A Nightmare in Five Acts. It’s one long poem that is made up of a series of connected cinquains written by twenty-two poets, including myself. Confessions is the brain child of Joshua Gage who had the idea to create a collaborative poem using cinquains, organised everyone and went through all the effort of finding us a publisher, but find us one he did.
Confessions features the work of: William C. Burns Jr., Gary Blankenship, Michael L. Evans, Joshua Gage, Toni J. Gardner, Sandra Kasturi, Deborah P. Kolodji, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Sandra Lindow, Terra Martin, Robin Mayhall, Karen L. Newman, Rhonda Parrish, Pamela Pignataro, Terrie Leigh Relf, Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell, Shanna, J. E. Stanley, Marcie Lynn Tentchoff, Gene van Troyer, Scott Virtes and Stephen M. Wilson. And best of all? It’s available now from Elektrik Milk Bath Press!
My poem, Matches, has been accepted for inclusion in the next issue of Ruminate Magazine. Matches is a short and bittersweet poem I am both proud of and attached to and I look forward to being able to share it with you at the end of June.
My poems, Two Wrongs and Golden Hour have been accepted for inclusion in a future issue of Dual Coast Magazine. Dual Coast is a brand new magazine and I’m looking forward to seeing what their first few issues look like 🙂
My poem, Vampiric Fluff, has been accepted for inclusion in the forthcoming These Vampires Don’t Sparkle anthology from Sky Warrior Books edited by Carol Hightshoe. Carol and Sky Warrior Books are the same team behind Zombiefied! An Anthology of All Things Zombie a few years ago, which included one of my poems. Zombiefied is remarkable to me because it’s one of a very small number of anthologies I’ve been published in which has earned enough royalties that I received a royalty cheque in addition to my original payment.
Anywho… Vampiric Fluff was originally published back in 2007, so it’s been a while since it has been in print. I’m excited that it found a home with These Vampires Don’t Sparkle 🙂
Metastasis is on sale at Smashwords right now through to the 8th. That means if you use the coupon code REW50 you can pick up an electronic copy of this book for $3.48. Dudes, that price is going to be tough to beat. Now I’m biased and I don’t want to give you a hard sales pitch, but for the next week you can support cancer research and get a copy of a great book for less than what I pay for a chai latte. I’d call that a win-win situation.
I am incredibly excited to announce that Fae has officially become the first in a series of anthologies I will be editing for World Weaver Press!
Though submissions are not yet open for our next titles we announce their existence this afternoon on WWP’s month #SFFlunch chat on Twitter so I’m able to share the news with you.
Corvidae and Scarecrow will be the second and third titles I will be editing for WWP (and there may be more in the future, wait and see!)
Corvidae is going to be dedicated to stories about corvids, all kinds of corvids. Crows, ravens, magpies, bluejays, nutcrackers, treepies, choughs… you name ’em, I want to see ’em. I’m looking for fantasy stories (horror is okay as long as it’s not gratuitous) that span the spectrum of light to dark.
Scarecrow is going to be all about scarecrows. Having seen them in everything from The Wizard of Oz to Doctor Who I’ve developed quite a taste for the range of ways scarecrows have been portrayed in the past and want to explore even more new and exciting ones in this anthology. Again I’ll be looking for stories that cover a large spectrum in terms of mood.
Scarecrow and Corvidae are meant to be companion anthologies, in conversation with one another. One of the ways to make my job easier in that regard (and I’m always looking for ways to make my job easier) will be to have overlap between the authors included in the two anthologies. With that in mind I am encouraging people to submit to both anthologies. Not the same story, you understand, but if you happen to have a great idea for a corvid story and an incredible scarecrow story I would very much like to see them both. Also, before someone asks, it is not required to submit to both and submitting to only one will not hurt your chances of acceptance.
Submissions won’t open until July but I was too excited to keep this to myself any longer, and I figured the sooner I shared it the sooner people could start brainstorming stories for these two books.
I am so excited about this sale. Interestingly, I was so excited to share the news about it, that I kind of forgot to. When I got the acceptance notice it was one of those times when I read it again and again just to be sure I wasn’t misunderstanding (though the wording would have been clear as crystal to anyone other than me) and thinking I’d received an acceptance when I hadn’t. But I had! Still, superstition and paranoia meant I couldn’t talk about it publicly until I’d signed a contract. So I waited.
It wasn’t a long wait before the contract got to me, but it felt like it, because I was dying to tell people. When the contract came and I sent it back, I was so ecstatic. I could make the announcement! Except… there was a bunch of other stuff going on at that point and I didn’t want this post to get lost among the shuffle, so I filed the contract and thought, well, I’ve waited this long, I can wait a little longer.
But then because I’d filed the contract and it wasn’t in my inbox looking out at me each time I checked my email, I forgot. I didn’t forget about the acceptance, hell no, but I forgot that I hadn’t blogged about it yet.
Well, now I am. :-p
I am incredibly, over-the-moon excited to announce that my short story, Seedpaper, has been accepted for a future issue of Mythic Delirium!!!
SO exciting. For several reasons. Firstly, I love my story Seedpaper. Also? Are you kidding me? Mythic Delirium?! ZOMG!
I’d sent a couple poems to Mythic Delirium like three years ago, but otherwise I’d been too intimidated to submit there. I’d look at the name in my search results at Duotrope and shake my head. I even thought about putting the market on ignore because though I very much wanted to publish there, I didn’t think I was good enough. Didn’t think I’d make the grade and didn’t want to face the rejection letters.
I got brave enough because though I really, really love this story, I’d had a super tough time placing it (more on that later), Mythic Delirium had recently opened to fiction submissions AND I thought this piece would be a good match. So, telling myself the worst thing editor Mike Allen could say was no, I gritted my teeth and hit send on that submission.
And now, have you heard? My short story, Seedpaper, has been accepted for a future issue of Mythic Delirium!
My poems, “A Chance to be Heard” and “In The Valley” have both been accepted for publication by Page & Spine. These poems are very different from one another, the first being sci-fi in nature and the second mostly just nature-y in… erm… nature. Anyway, it will be interesting to see if they run them together or separately, and I’ll let you know when that happens as soon as I know myself.